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Friday, October 4, 2013
Hornchurch boss on a high
Hornchurch are riding high at the top of the Ryman Premier Division table as they head to Grays tomorrow (Saturday).
Urchins took over at the summit after a midweek win over Carshalton, extending their unbeaten run to 14 games after FA Cup success at Spalding on Saturday.
And boss Jimmy McFarlane is looking forward to a good old-fashioned battle against his former rivals, saying: “It brings back memories for me because I’ve had some big old ding-dongs with Grays as a player.”
Hornchurch beat Grays in last season’s Essex Senior Cup final, when the clubs were two divisions apart.
But after their relegation from Conference South and promotion for Grays, they are now pitted together for league points and McFarlane expects another tough match.
He said: “They are a good side, with a different manager now.
“Hakan (Hayrettin) was manager when they were in the cup final and it will be just as tough. You don’t get an easy game at this level, you have to out battle sides.
“What we’ve got is that, if we match the endeavor of the other side, we’ve got that little bit of quality.
“We are in a nice position where if two forwards are not doing it, the two that are coming on are just as equal.”
Ryan Kirby took over from Hayrettin in the summer and McFarlane is looking forward to facing his former Thurrock team-mate.
The pair remain very good friends and the Urchins boss added: “The manager is a mate of mine, we played together and he is a great lad.
“We are mates beforehand and afterwards, but we’ll be enemies for 90 minutes on Saturday.”
Hornchurch, who were handed a home tie against Wealdstone in the FA Cup third qualifying round draw this week, will be looking for a sixth successive win in all competitions, as well as the bragging rights at Mill Field.
And with their forwards in great form at present, you wouldn’t bet against them extending their streak.
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